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Carnotaurus Facts

  • Species Type: Carnotaurus sastrei
  • Type of Dinosaur: Theropod
  • Period: Late Cretaceous period
  • Diet: Meat (carnivorous)
  • Life Span: 20+ years (estimated)
  • Length: 24 to 30 feet on average
  • Weight: At least 1.5 tons

19 Carnotaurus Facts for Kids

  1. The Carnotaurus was discovered in 1984 by Jose Bonaparte, an Argentinian paleontologist.
  2. The Carnotaurus got its scientific name Carnotaurus sastrei in 1985 from Jose Bonaparte.
  3. The holotype skeleton for the Carnotaurus is MACN-CH 894 and is the only skeleton of a Carnotaurus found to date.
  4. The name Carnotaurus means: Meat-Eating Bull.
  5. The name Carnotaurus is pronounced: “kahrn-uh-TAWR-us”.
  6. The Carnotaurus was part of a group of dinosaurs known as theropods.
  7. The Carnotaurus is a member of the Abelisauridae family.
  8. They lived in the Late Cretaceous Period between 69 to 72 million years ago.
  9. The average length of a Carnotaurus is estimated to be 28 feet.
  10. The average weight of a Carnotaurus is estimated to be 2,200 pounds.
  11. The estimated top running speed of a Carnotaurus is 25 miles per hour.
  12. The Carnotaurus was a carnivore and ate meat.
  13. The Carnotaurus might have been one of the fastest large theropods.
  14. The Carnotaurus was probably an active predator and ate small but agile prey.
  15. The only Carnotaurus fossil discovered was found in the Patagonia region in South America. Lucky for us the fossilized remains were in great condition and almost a complete specimen was unearthed.
  16. The arms of the Carnotaurus were smaller than those found on a Tyrannosaurus Rex, only measuring 1.6 feet long. This leads Paleontologists to believe that its armes served no purpose and were purely vestigial.
  17. The teeth of a Carnotaurus are almost eight times smaller than teeth of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
  18. If a Carnotaurus was alive today it would be easily identifiable by the two horns that protrude from their head, just above the eyes.
  19. Paleontologists think the horns of the Carnotaurus might have been used to fight each other, either over a prey corpse, territory or during mating.

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